Testing your pool water 2-3 times a week during the season is important to maintain adequate water balance and sanitiser levels and to ensure swimmer comfort. Test strips are a quick way to test the pool for adequate sanitizer levels as well as pH and alkalinity.
To keep your pool water clean and safe, you will need to add chemicals on a regular basis. The most commonly used are chlorine, algaecide and water balancing chemicals. Chlorine is the most important chemical when looking after your pool as it is responsible for killing all the bacteria or viruses in the water. Adding algaecide is another preventative measure which will help prevent all types of algae from getting a foothold in your pool, you can use algaecide weekly to discourage algae growth. The pH of the pool should be tested and adjusted regularly. If the pH of the pool water drifts to the acid side of the scale, corrosion of pool surfaces and equipment can occur. If the pH of the pool water drifts to the base side - scaling, deposits, and cloudy water can occur. At pH 8.5, chlorine is only about 10% active. At pH7.0, chlorine is about 73% active. If you maintain pH around 7.5, the chlorine will be 50-60% active. Keeping the pH in check will allow you to use the full potential of the chlorine that is already in the pool.
A floating chemical dispenser is perfect for pool owners who have limited time to sort out their swimming pool chemical levels but want to maintain a happy, healthy swimming environment. Pool chemical dispensers use chlorine tablets to help sanitise your pool water. They work by slowly and automatically dispersing chlorine into your pool so that the pool water remains free of bacteria.